What if YOU could learn all the basics of harmony in ONE really focused day? Or stretch it out for a WEEK...

WHAT IF…it was a fun online learning experience specifically focused on HARPS with play-along examples you could try out right in the moment – and then download to practice again later?  

WHAT IF…your leader was a bona fide harp master, a Grammy-Nominated international touring performer – who LOVES harmony and LOVES to create ways for you to get it into your hands?  

WHAT IF…you could ask questions about anything you didn’t understand and get answers without having to search all over the web for them?  

WHAT IF…you felt the joy of “Hey, I can DO this!!

Welcome to Hands on Harmony

For Harps – both lever and pedal harps Work at your own pace 

DHC with class

Hands on Harmony lives in my “Hip Harp Academy” yearly membership site, where you can access ALL my online courses or just take this one.  

When you register for the FULL access year-long program, you’ll get access to all my online courses for harp players – including “Hands on Harmony. Once you’re in, you’re automatically directed to the classroom where you can jump right into the learning!

What others are saying about Hands on Harmony

“I have been asking people how to noodle for years, but this is the first time anyone broke it down to a place to start” - Joyce Kraut

How cool is this?? You can play while the teacher is talking! You can practice the progressions with a whole bunch of other people and nobody can hear you — and you aren’t distracted by anybody else!” - Joni Morris

Wow – this is fun! Using the slap bass, just got a whole new groove going! A new song idea was just born!” - Kate Kunkel

I built this course as the HARMONY FOUNDATION from a Harpist’s perspective.

How harmony works on OUR instrument. I really want you to have this in your hands and your head – because it will make all the other courses I teach so much more fun and enriching for you.  

That’s why I made many ways for you to learn in this course: replays of the most recent classes and weekly chats, play-along exercises – and the ability to review it all for a whole year in the Academy – so you can really get it into your mind, your heart and your hands.

Each session is broken into bite-size pieces and the great part is that you don’t have to worry about remembering any of it in the moment – you can just focus on enjoying the learning – because it’s all recorded so you can watch it again and download the handouts.

What's Included with Hand on Harmony?

Once you register, you get into the classroom where you can start learning – and you can learn a little or a lot at a time. It’s up to you and your learning style. The main subjects are:  

  • How to build and extend chords (to play 7ths and 9ths)
  • Learning the ‘Families’ of chords (like the Family of C Major) and what chords are native to that tuning
  • The basics of noodling, voicing and reading basic chord symbols
  • How to Alter chords – like, how to get a G7(b9) or a Bm7(b5)
  • The basics of Chord substitution
  • How to Navigate the Minor Scale(s)
  • The basics of Modulation
  • And we do a LOT of playing so that you get it immediately into your hands  

How can one Harmony Course work for ALL levels of players??

My teaching style is the same as my personal learning style: I teach starting with basic principles and patterns – then each person puts them into play (literally) at their own level playing the Hands-on-Harmony Progressions.  

Once you know the basic concept in its simplest form, pattern and shape you can embellish and expand it infinitely. The key is understanding the basic, simple concept in a way that CLICKS with your mind and your hands.  

That’s how I learn — and that’s how I teach – and that’s why I’m still fascinated and still exploring the same basic ideas after decades of playing with them.

"Hands on Harmony" is $297

Includes 6 months access to all video trainings, plus download of all PDFs and audio files. Got questions about how it work? Read below. 

Who is your instructor?

Deborah Henson-Conant

I’m Deborah Henson-Conant and I create programs that come from the concepts that guide my own creative expression in every facet of my life: as a composer, a performer, as a creativity coach and as a lifelong beginner.  

Like my instrument, each time these inner strings are touched, I resonate.  

And like my music practice, my inner practice enhances my performance as myself – and that enriches how I engage as a musician.  

If you do nothing else for yourself in 2018, discover how harmony can enhance your playing – the ones that resonate within you … and let them ring through your life and your creative expression.

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How does the course work, exactly?

How long does the class last and when can I take the lessons? “Hands on Harmony” is an online class that’s ‘go at your own pace.” You’ll get 6 month’s access to the classroom so you can take it as slow or as fast as you want and you can take the lessons whenever YOU want - from your computer, your phone or your iPad.  

You’ll be able to download all the PDFs and Audio files – so you’ll have them on your own computer forever if you want – and you’ll have access to the video lessons in the classroom for 6 months. (Don't worry - we’ll give you 2 weeks warning before your access ends just in case you haven’t downloaded the files yet.)  

It's all pre-recorded, so you don't have to schedule a lesson or worry about missing a class.  

Watching the lessons is like watching YouTube - but they're playalong lessons, so you play along on your harp. The training broken into bite-size modules with a lot of exercises to get the learning into your HANDS. 

"Hands on Harmony" was originally recorded as a full-day online retreat, so it's casual and fun. We then edited the videos and added some from other online events I’ve done so that it covers a wide swath of harmony training -- starting from the basics of how chords are built to how to extend, alter and substitute them - and how to use them in harmonic progressions

Sometimes I describe the class as teaching: 1. How chords are BUILT (triad stacking) 2. How they MOVE (harmonic progression) 3. How to PLAY WITH them (extension, alteration, substitution)  

Most importantly - it’s HANDS-ON! YOUR hands on YOUR harp! So you're playing as you learn!

Still got questions? Use our "Ask a Question" form to get your question directly to Deborah or someone on the team.

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